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Corrosion Behaviour of British Magnox Waste Glass in Pure Water

  • H. U. Zwicky (a1), B. Grambow (a2), C. Magrabi (a3), E. T. Aerne (a1), R. Bradley (a3), B. Barnes (a3), Th. Graber (a1), M. Mohos (a1) and L. C. Werme (a4)...


The corrosion behaviour of Magnox Waste (MW) glass in deionized water has been investigated under the aegis of the Japanese-Swedish-Swiss (JSS) project. The studies carried out at PSI and BNFL included static leaching and corrosion layer characterization. The results were used by HMI to derive the modelling parameters for the MW glass with the PHREEQE/GLASSOL codes. The silica concentration was found to strongly influence the corrosion rate of the glass. The MW glass selectively retains Cs due to the formation of a Cs-Mg-Al-Si-O-rich layer on its surface.



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